The conflict perspective is one out of five prioritised thematic perspectives in Swedish development cooperation. According to the Swedish Government’s instruction to Sida, the conflict perspective should be considered in Sida’s operations. To Sida, the term ‘conflict perspective” is the same as conflict sensitivity. It builds on the recognition that humanitarian assistance and development cooperation activities that are implemented in the different types of contexts become part of that context and will have effects on it, for better or for worse.
The course is mandatory for all new Sida staff at Sida headquarters and Swedish embassies. The course is also designed to be relevant for managers and staff that are not new to the organisation but have limited previous knowledge of conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding.
- Leadership in the organisation understands and can explain conflict sensitivity, considers the perspective in decision-making and ensures adequate staff resources and capacities
- Staff in different support functions (such as HR, communication, procurement) understand conflict sensitivity and how it related to their areas of work.
- Programme managers understand conflict sensitivity and can apply the perspective in the contribution management through dialogue, assessment and follow-up.
- Partner organisations understand Sida’s approach to conflict sensitivity and know how to address the perspective in documentation and other dialogue with Sida.
No previous knowledge in this area is required.
The course takes approximately 80 minutes to complete and provides an introduction to conflict sensitivity through the experiences and lessons learned in the fictitious country Anyland.
It includes the following chapters and specific learning objectives per chapter:
- Chapter 1: Project visit to Anyland - After completing the chapter, participants will understand the Do-No-Harm Approach and be able to apply the method within one’s own area of work
- Chapter 2: Introduction to key concepts and frameworks - After completing the chapter, participants will be able to explain key concepts and frameworks related to conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding
- Chapter 3: An institutional approach to conflict sensitivity - After completing the chapter, participants will be able to describe what an institutional approach to conflict sensitivity means and how it can be achieved within Sida
- Chapter 4: Conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding in the strategy cycle - After completing the chapter, participants will be able to: o Identify how the conflict perspective can be integrated in different strategy cycle processes o Identify opportunities to operationalize and follow-up on peacebuilding ToC and objectives
- Chapter 5: Conflict sensitivity in contribution management - After completing the chapter, participants will be able to describe what an institutional approach summarize Sida’s approach to conflict sensitivity in the contribution management
- Chapter 6: Going forward - This chapter provides some final words, key messages and lessons learned in the courseIt also provides information on further guidance and support.
In order to complete the course you will have to pass a knowledge test. The test serves multiple purposes:
- it makes it possible to follow up whether or not we are successful in closing the identified knowledge gap within the organisation
- it helps us evaluate the effectiveness of the course
- it helps us identify where the course may be lacking pedagogically and how we may correct that for future versions of the course
Ingela Andersson, Unit for Policy Support (TEMA)